Moses (“Moe”) Asch, the founder of Folkways Records, died on this date in 1986. He was the son of the famed Yiddish writer Sholem Asch. Musicians recorded by Moe Asch included Woody Guthrie, Ella Jenkins, Pete Seeger, Josh White, and Leadbelly. Following Asch’s death, the Folkways recordings, numbering some 2,200, were acquired by the Smithsonian Institution. “It’s my purpose to expose an artist, and if some big company wants him, fine.